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First day of fishing, 2019!

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A few weeks ago, I checked out one of my common fishing spots and it was starting to thaw out. And with today having a high of 64 degrees, I figured today would be a great day to go out and give it a shot! Unfortunately the water level is still super low, I had an old birds nest in some line on one of my reels that I pulled out over a weed and had to cut my line off, ended up getting completely skunked and lost a lure between some rocks, but it's awesome that I got out to try in the month of March up here in western Massachusetts! Last year, our lakes were still frozen solid in late April!

 

2019 is already off to a better start than 2018!

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I don’t know how you guys do it. Coldest day of the year down here was 33. And...we still went fishing. I love my wife and offspring to death...however, you’ve seen The Shining

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9 hours ago, 813basstard said:

I don’t know how you guys do it. Coldest day of the year down here was 33. And...we still went fishing. I love my wife and offspring to death...however, you’ve seen The Shining

Due to lingering side effects of chemo (that may or may not ever go away), my hands and feed are cold and numb and I really can't do anything below 45 or so. So as a result I have an even shorter season. As I tell my girlfriend, there are two seasons, fishing season and the season I sit around, order lures and plan where and what I'm going to fish next fishing season :)

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9 hours ago, 813basstard said:

I don’t know how you guys do it. Coldest day of the year down here was 33. And...we still went fishing. I love my wife and offspring to death...however, you’ve seen The Shining

Because most of us were born up here and started lives up here and can't easily transfer said lives down south.

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16 minutes ago, Glaucus said:

Because most of us were born up here and started lives up here and can't easily transfer said lives down south.

Remove the bolded item and you got me to a 'T'.

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29 minutes ago, MN Fisher said:

Remove the bolded item and you got me to a 'T'.

Is that to say you couldn't move at all?

 

We were seriously looking into moving to Tennessee but my company doesn't have a location there and all of our family is here (except for her brother in Iowa and my dad in Indiana, but they're both just 2-3 hours away). It wasn't feasible.

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6 minutes ago, Glaucus said:

Is that to say you couldn't move at all?

Wife and I both on fixed income, house is barely 'above water' from the crash 10 years ago, limited savings that keeps getting eaten up by maintenance work on the house and truck.

 

Nope, no way we could afford to move even across town much less to a different area of the country.

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Must be hard to wait for the lakes to thaw out, especially since many here do not like ice fishing. No hard water in South Florida and my first day of bass fishing in 2019 was January 1st. 

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Just now, soflabasser said:

Must be hard to wait for the lakes to thaw out, especially since many here do not like ice fishing. No hard water in South Florida and my first day of bass fishing in 2019 was January 1st. 

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18 minutes ago, soflabasser said:

Must be hard to wait for the lakes to thaw out, especially since many here do not like ice fishing. No hard water in South Florida and my first day of bass fishing in 2019 was January 1st. 

It sucks, but I can guarantee you that we appreciate and love fishing during the open water season more than most people who have open water year round.

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17 hours ago, Glaucus said:

Because most of us were born up here and started lives up here and can't easily transfer said lives down south.

 

17 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

Remove the bolded item and you got me to a 'T'.

Well if either of you can make it to east TN any winter, we can give you some excellent open water fishing for however long you can stay. It won’t be sunny beaches of Florida but it’s a shorter drive and the drag (or in my case backreel) will be working. It’s cold but will feel balmy to you guys 

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On 3/31/2019 at 9:12 PM, Glaucus said:

I can guarantee you that we appreciate and love fishing during the open water season more than most people who have open water year round.

Maybe since I only fish 1-2 times a week at most. I know many on this forum fish 4-7 days a week, that would be a excessive amount of fishing for me. Besides I use most of my free time for working out, other hobbies, and more important things.

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Hey, frozen lakes do kind of suck. Ice fishing is ok, but I like using a boat better. One thing that florida doesnt have is walleye. That alone makes it not even on my radar. Any place that doesn't have walleye is not fit for mankind!

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1 hour ago, Jleebesaw said:

Hey, frozen lakes do kind of suck. Ice fishing is ok, but I like using a boat better. One thing that florida doesnt have is walleye. That alone makes it not even on my radar. Any place that doesn't have walleye is not fit for mankind!

Guess what? Massachusetts doesn't either! I have to go to Vermont or New York to catch Walleye (which is not all that far from me).

10 hours ago, soflabasser said:

Maybe since I only fish 1-2 times a week at most. I know many on this forum fish 4-7 days a week, that would be a excessive amount of fishing for me. Besides I use most of my free time for working out, other hobbies, and more important things.

On a normal week, I normally only get 2 days due to work. Sometimes I will bring a 2 piece rod with me and fish after work too. However I will take three of my four weeks of vacation, go camp somewhere and fish everyday. It's great!

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5 hours ago, Jleebesaw said:

One thing that florida doesnt have is walleye. That alone makes it not even on my radar. Any place that doesn't have walleye is not fit for mankind!

I have caught walleye and ate it within hours of catching it. It is a good tasting fish considering it is a freshwater fish but there are plenty of fish in South Florida that taste much better. On a scale of 1-10 a walleye is a 1 compared to freshly caught hogfish (which is a 10 out of 10) which is my favorite fish to eat. Grouper, snapper, dolphin, lobster are other delicious seafood I catch in South Florida. As you already know fish caught and eaten in the same day taste much better than what you buy in the supermarket so you won't get the same quality if you buy old, stale frozen fillets or lobster tails.

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There are plenty of good seafood oportunities up here in the northeast my friend.

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4 hours ago, Jleebesaw said:

There are plenty of good seafood oportunities up here in the northeast my friend.

That is true. Tautog is a fish I plan on catching on a future vacation. From what I read they taste very good. What is your favorite fish to eat that you catch in the Northeast?

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39 minutes ago, soflabasser said:

That is true. Tautog is a fish I plan on catching on a future vacation. From what I read they taste very good. What is your favorite fish to eat that you catch in the Northeast?

Walleye or bluegill. I haven't ate many saltwater fish. I've only gone a few times for cod. Cod is good. Better than haddock anyway. We caught those every time as well. I'm in northern ny so I'm lucky to see the ocean once or twice a year. When I do go I focus on hitting the pots. I love crab and lobster. I would like to fish more but it's always a family vacation when I'm in Maine. because of that I'm limited in my time on the water. I always use that time up catching crab. 

 

     If the chance ever arrives, dont miss out on halibut in Alaska though. I went salmon fishing there last year and stumbled into a day trip for them. It's probably my favorite fish yet.

 

I probably shouldn't admit to crabbing in Maine as a non resident btw! This is a work of fiction and for entertainment purposes only!

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21 hours ago, soflabasser said:

I have caught walleye and ate it within hours of catching it. It is a good tasting fish considering it is a freshwater fish but there are plenty of fish in South Florida that taste much better. On a scale of 1-10 a walleye is a 1 compared to freshly caught hogfish (which is a 10 out of 10) which is my favorite fish to eat. Grouper, snapper, dolphin, lobster are other delicious seafood I catch in South Florida. As you already know fish caught and eaten in the same day taste much better than what you buy in the supermarket so you won't get the same quality if you buy old, stale frozen fillets or lobster tails.

Our best bet for eating fish is to go fish the atlantic for cod or haddock! However to me, nothing is better than catfish.

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4 hours ago, Boomstick said:

Our best bet for eating fish is to go fish the atlantic for cod or haddock! However to me, nothing is better than catfish.

I have eaten cod, it is a good tasting fish. What is your favorite species of catfish to eat? I have eaten channel catfish fillets and it tasted good.

20 hours ago, Jleebesaw said:

Walleye or bluegill. I haven't ate many saltwater fish. I've only gone a few times for cod. Cod is good. Better than haddock anyway. We caught those every time as well. I'm in northern ny so I'm lucky to see the ocean once or twice a year. When I do go I focus on hitting the pots. I love crab and lobster. I would like to fish more but it's always a family vacation when I'm in Maine. because of that I'm limited in my time on the water. I always use that time up catching crab. 

 

     If the chance ever arrives, dont miss out on halibut in Alaska though. I went salmon fishing there last year and stumbled into a day trip for them. It's probably my favorite fish yet.

There are a couple places I fish that are loaded with big bluegill and you can catch a limit of bluegill if you wanted to. These bluegills average 7-10 inches long and I have caught giants measuring +14 inches long and well over 2 pounds. The body shape on these giant bluegills is very different from a regular bluegill, the head area looking deformed and very thick for its length. South Florida also has exotics that taste better than bluegills such as the Oscar which has lots of meat for their size. Alaska is on my bucket list of places to fish later in life. Those Alaskan Halibut get huge and must be very fun to catch. My favorite sport is diving and lobster which is one of my favorite seafood to catch. Also catch blue crab every once. My family prefers lobster over blue crab so I spend more effort on catching lobsters.

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20 hours ago, soflabasser said:

That is true. Tautog is a fish I plan on catching on a future vacation. From what I read they taste very good. What is your favorite fish to eat that you catch in the Northeast?

Tautog, Blackfish is good eating. It's a Wrasse which I know lots of smaller versions are all over Florida, like the Slippery Dick.

 

I like fresh caught Fluke. Breaded and fried it's my favorite salt water species to eat.

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Just now, NYWayfarer said:

Tautog, Blackfish is good eating. It's a Wrasse which I know lots of smaller versions are all over Florida, like the Slippery Dick.

 

I like fresh caught Fluke. Breaded and fried it's my favorite salt water species to eat.

Hogfish are in the wrasse family as well which is why I am looking towards to catching and eating Tautog. Have eaten fluke and it is very good! 

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40 minutes ago, soflabasser said:

I have eaten cod, it is a good tasting fish. What is your favorite species of catfish to eat? I have eaten channel catfish fillets and it tasted good.

I am honestly not sure. Aside from bullheads, we only have channel cats within a multiple hour drive from where I live. I hear from most big catfish anglers that the yellows are the tastiest, but never had the chance to fish from them.

 

One of these years (at least if I don't end up buying a boat) I am going to take a vacation and go fish for some yellow.

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1 hour ago, Boomstick said:

I am honestly not sure. Aside from bullheads, we only have channel cats within a multiple hour drive from where I live. I hear from most big catfish anglers that the yellows are the tastiest, but never had the chance to fish from them.

 

One of these years (at least if I don't end up buying a boat) I am going to take a vacation and go fish for some yellow.

We have channel blue and flathead and they all seem to taste the same

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17 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

We have channel blue and flathead and they all seem to taste the same

At the end of the day, delicious catfish is delicious catfish! The real question is blackened or fried?

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